Maclin v. Holden et al
ORDER DENYING SECOND MOTION FOR RELIEF FROM JUDGMENT [#130] AND FINDING MOTION FOR THIRTY DAY STAY [#135] MOOT. Signed by District Judge Gershwin A. Drain. (TBan)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF MICHIGAN
Case No.: 12-cv-12480
Honorable Gershwin A. Drain
KELLY HOLDEN, et al.,
ORDER DENYING SECOND MOTION FOR RELIEF FROM JUDGMENT
[#130] AND FINDING MOTION FOR THIRTY DAY STAY [#135] MOOT
On November 4, 2015, this case proceeded to trial on Plaintiff’s claim that
Defendants retaliated against him for filing grievances and lawsuits related to his
confinement at the MDOC. The jury reached a unanimous verdict concluding that
Plaintiff did not establish the elements of his retaliation claim. Specifically, the
jury found that Plaintiff failed in his burden to show that the Defendants’ adverse
action was a result of Plaintiff’s protected activity.
Presently before the Court is Plaintiff’s second motion for relief from
judgment. Plaintiff moves for relief from judgment pursuant to Federal Rule of
Civil Procedure 60(b)(3), arguing that fraud was committed on the Court because
Defendants submitted a fraudulent MDOC inventory receipt related to Plaintiff’s
confiscated typewriter. Plaintiff also moves for a thirty day stay so that he can
submit the relevant portions of the trial transcript that support his second motion
for relief from judgment. Because Plaintiff has filed the applicable portions of the
trial transcript, his motion for a thirty day stay is moot. For the reasons that follow,
the Court will deny Plaintiff’s second motion for relief from judgment.
A party can be relieved from a final order under Rule 60(b) based on fraud,
misrepresentation, or misconduct by an opposing party. Fed. R. Civ. P. 60(b)(3).
However, a motion under Rule 60(b) is not a second opportunity for the losing
party to make its strongest case, to rehash arguments, or to dress up arguments that
previously failed. See Voelkel v. Gen. Motors Corp., 846 F. Supp. 1482, 1483 (D.
Similar to Plaintiff’s original motion for relief from judgment, Plaintiff’s
present motion rests on his perception that there was insufficient evidence to
support the jury’s verdict. Plaintiff continues to incorrectly argue that the issue
before the jury was whether his typewriter was legitimately purchased or
authorized under the Cain agreement. Even if Plaintiff established the legitimacy
of his possession of the subject typewriter, this did not necessarily establish that
Defendants undertook adverse action against him—confiscation of his typewriter-because of his first amendment activity—grievance writing and suits against the
MDOC and its employees.
Moreover, the jury was fully aware of the inconsistencies between the
inventory receipt submitted by Plaintiff and the inventory receipt submitted by the
Defendants. Notwithstanding this information, the jury concluded that Plaintiff
could not establish his First Amendment retaliation claim.
establish that a fraud upon the Court occurred and that he is entitled to Rule 60(b)
Accordingly, Plaintiff’s second motion for relief from judgment [#130] is
DENIED. Plaintiff’s motion for a thirty day stay [#135] is MOOT.
Dated: February 23, 2017
/s/Gershwin A. Drain
GERSHWIN A. DRAIN
United States District Judge
CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE
Copies of this Order were served upon attorneys of record on
February 23, 2017, by electronic and/or ordinary mail.
/s/ Tanya Bankston
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